DULUTH, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team couldn’t pick up the win in its first game of the season, losing to Minnesota-Duluth, 67-51. The Wildcats were only down by five at half and cut the lead to two but the Bulldogs went on a 16-3 run to lead by 19 with 7:52 to go. NMU got as close as 12 off a layup by Steffani Stoeger.
NMU shot only 26 percent from the field and had 25 turnovers. The one bright spot for the ‘Cats was Kellie Rietveld who tied a career high with 18 points. She made four of the teams nine three-pointers. Chelsea Lyons made her debut in a Wildcat uniform, scoring 12 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Steffani Stoeger chipped in with 10 points.
UMD had five players in double figures led by Emma Van Winkle’s 12. Kaiya Sygulla, Shelly Stemper, Lindsay Miller and Kelsey Hewitt all added 10 points. The Bulldogs shot 38 percent from the field and were 16-20 from the free throw line.
“It’s disappointing but it’s the first game. We made mistakes that shouldn’t be made. We just weren’t fully prepared and that’s both mine and the players fault.” Head coach Troy Mattson said.
The Wildcats have a couple days rest before they travel to Quincy, Ill. to play in the Quincy University Tipoff Tournament over the weekend.
“It’s nice that we have a quick turnaround with games this weekend. We don’t have to sit around and think about the loss.” added Mattson.
Katie Becker (3) and Staci Beckel (2) also scored their first points as Wildcats. NMU shot 10-15 from the free throw line and were outrebounded 45-44.
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